PMID: 5918062Aug 1, 1966

An electrophysiological study of 5-hydroxytryptamine receptors of neurones in the molluscan nervous system

The Journal of Physiology
H M Gerschenfeld, E Stefani


1. 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) has been iontophoretically applied to the membrane of central neurones of Cryptomphallus aspersa; CILDA neurones (cells with inhibition of long duration) (Gerschenfeld & Tauc, 1964) are the only cells sensitive to 5-HT. The responses to 5-HT is always a depolarization. The CILDA cells studied were also depolarized by ACh.2. From experiments in which pulses of 5-HT and ACh were applied from a double-barrelled micropipette to the CILDA cell soma, it has been calculated that 5-HT and ACh receptors were located at different distances from the injecting micropipette tip. It has also been calculated from the diffusion equation that in the same CILDA cell a 5-HT concentration of 8.2 x 10(-9)M and a ACh concentration of 1.3 x 10(-8)M caused a similar peak depolarization.3. CILDA neurones show ;anomalous' rectification. 5-HT increases the membrane conductance of CILDA.4. 5-HT receptors of CILDA neurone are desensitized by repeated application of 5-HT. The desensitization lasts for ca. 40 sec.5. 5-HT receptors are blocked by lysergic acid diethylamide and its derivatives. Morphine chlorhydrate blocks them non-competitively.6. Some inhibitors of monoamine oxidase (trancylpromine, isocarboxazide, iproniazide a...Continue Reading


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